The Chicago Bulls made it two straight wins with their 113 – 97 win over the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night. It’s a big win for the Bulls as they entered the game as the tenth seed in the eastern conference while the Pacers held the 9th seed in the east.
While both teams remain in those same spots after the game, the Bulls victory trimmed their deficit to the Pacers from two games down to just one. A loss would have seen Chicago drop to three games behind Indiana, obviously much different than the single-game they trail them by following their big win.
While the Bulls certainly made a statement in this one it was not against a full-strength Pacers team. Indiana was missing key contributors from tipoff in Malcolm Brogdon and Damontas Sabonis. Additionally, big man Myles Turner left the game after playing just 20 minutes and did not return.
So yes, the Bulls absolutely should have handled their business in this one as they did. Still, it’s one thing to know what should be done and another to execute it. Also, there is a lot to be learned regarding a team that is learning to play together on the fly on any given night.
On this night, the Bulls gave us a number of big takeaways that we are going to highlight for you. It all starts with the man leading the charge, as we saw a new approach to the rotation in what was the Bulls most important game played up until this point.